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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
21 Feb 2009 Male 33 Pilot Oldbury on the Hill
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revolution 28

Engine:

PAP
ROS IQS 1400R

Pilot suffered engine cut out at 200ft. Found no fault and took off again only for engine cut out at 20ft. Pilot landed on knees but ok. This time found that fuel primer bulb was contracting after 30 seconds causing engine to cut out.

none
30 Jan 2009 Male 57 Pilot Las Candelas
Spain
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 2

Engine:

Bailey
Top 80

On attempting to warm up engine, pilot applied too much throttle (due to unfamiliar mechanism on hired motor) causing engine to rotate about pilots knee. Prop struck hand.

Severed index and middle fingers.
1 Aug 2008 Male 50 FLPA Roshe, Cornwall
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Variable

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revolution

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

At 400ft pilot parked brakes to adjust trimmers. He then hit turbulence causing the motor to move forward allowing the prop to touch the right brake. This wound on and the prop shattered damaging the cage. The brake then released allowing a safe landing.

none
1 Jun 2008 Male 50 FLPA Northrepps
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Independence
Speed

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

During flight pilot noticed maillon connecting spreader to tandem bar was open and deformed. Though protected by webbing fail safe, pilot and passenger decided to land immediately and did so without incident.

none
18 May 2008 Male 49 Unknown field
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:

Engine:

Parajet
Volution

Pilot parked brakes on magnets while getting into seat. During this time one of the brakes became dislodged and was sucked into the prop. Pilot was able to land without incident.

none
12 May 2008 Male Pilot United Kingdom 8-16 km/h
Variable

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Reaction

Engine:

Bailey
175 4s

Pilot suffered engine failure and was forced to land in field adjacent to horses.

None
1 Mar 2008 Male 58 FLPA United Kingdom 0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revolution 26

Engine:

PAP
ROS 100

Pilot heard noise and turned to see that prusik loop holding wing tip steering line had slipped allowing line to contact prop causing damage to the line. Pilot landed safely and removed both lines.

none
7 Oct 2007 Male 55 Pilot Berwyn Mountains
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
Thrust Hp

Engine:

Sperwill
Easy 100

Weight shift arm failed due to shearing of m8 capscrew (recently checked). Pilot was able to land with difficulty.

none
6 Sep 2007 Male 49 Pilot Tailbridge
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Skywalk
Meskal 2

Engine:

black devil

Having released control handle to adjust seat, pilot noticed that prop had severed control handle causing some damage to prop.

none
8 Jul 2007 Male 46 FLPA Wormley Hill
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Swing
Arcus 4

Engine:

PAP
Top 80 1250

Pilot had difficulty getting into seat due to slack leg straps. Pilot released one brake to assist but forgot to park brake first. Brake handle hit prop but bounced off and pilot landed safely.

none
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 October 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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